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Johns Hopkins introduces new restrictions on hospital visitors amid coronavirus pandemic

Johns Hopkins Medicine on Saturday introduced new restrictions on visitors to its medical facilities in an effort to protect patients and staff from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It joins other hospital networks regionally and across the country in doing so.

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Effective Saturday, no visitors will be allowed at adult inpatient facilities, except under a select set of circumstances, Hopkins said.

Only two visitors at a time will be allowed to visit patients receiving end-of-life care. “Other family members need to remain outside of the facility to rotate in special circumstances,” it said.

For labor and delivery and post-partum care, only one visitor will be allowed, in addition to a doula.

For patients in hospice units, awaiting discharge, or undergoing emergency surgery after a traumatic event, a single visitor will be allowed. One visitor also will be allowed in instances where a patient’s care team has requested the visitor be part of a family training event for patients receiving rehabilitation or who have special cognitive needs, Hopkins said.

Two visitors who are parents or legal guardians will be allowed to accompany patients in pediatric inpatient facilities, but the system asked that families keep it to one primary caregiver in the facility “as much as possible.”

Pediatric patients with the coronavirus will only be allowed one caregiver, “who should stay with the patient in the room during the patient’s stay.”

For outpatient facilities, a single visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient “to facilitate care or treatment,” but visitors will not be allowed in cancer infusion suites.

Visitors approved under the above circumstances will be screened for flu-like symptoms “and will not be able to stay if symptomatic.”

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“We encourage family, friends and loved ones to use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients,” the hospital network said.

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